Mistrial declared in Youngstown murder trial - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

Mistrial declared in Youngstown murder trial

Posted: Updated:
Jason Fonseca Jason Fonseca
Angel Bell Angel Bell
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -

A visiting judge has declared a mistrial for one defendant in a murder trial and dismissed charges against another.

The developments came Thursday in Mahoning County Court where Kimani Hodges and Angel Bell were being tried on charges in connection with the murder of 20-year-old Jason Fonseca, who was shot several times in front of a home on Ayers Street last February.

Visiting Judge H. F. Inderlied declared a mistrial for Hodges, who is charged with aggravated murder in the case.

The decision was issued after a witness for the prosecution became uncooperative when he was being cross examined.

In addition, the judge dismissed charges against co-defendant Angel Bell, who agreed to testify against Hodges.

The prosecution can still pursue another trial for Hodges, who also faces a weapons violation.

If convicted, Hodges could face mandatory jail time because he has a previous kidnapping conviction.

  • More NewsMore>>

  • Cost of governor's race topped $64M, shy of state record

    Cost of governor's race topped $64M, shy of state record

    Monday, December 10 2018 1:27 PM EST2018-12-10 18:27:13 GMT

    Spending in Pennsylvania's gubernatorial race topped $64 million, as Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf thumped Republican Scott Wagner to win a second term.

    More >>

    Spending in Pennsylvania's gubernatorial race topped $64 million, as Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf thumped Republican Scott Wagner to win a second term.

    More >>
  • Youngstown Fire Station 15 closed today

    Youngstown Fire Station 15 closed today

    Saturday, December 15 2018 3:59 PM EST2018-12-15 20:59:44 GMT
    Youngstown Fire Station # 15Youngstown Fire Station # 15

    Youngstown Fire Station 15 is closed today due to injuries and sick call offs. According to Battalion Chief Charlie Smith, the city will not allow the station to call anyone else due to a city overtime policy.  Battalion Chief Smith says that response time may increase due to the closure.

    More >>

    Youngstown Fire Station 15 is closed today due to injuries and sick call offs. According to Battalion Chief Charlie Smith, the city will not allow the station to call anyone else due to a city overtime policy.  Battalion Chief Smith says that response time may increase due to the closure.

    More >>
  • Two arrested after allegedly breaking into an old Youngstown school

    Two arrested after allegedly breaking into an old Youngstown school

    Saturday, December 15 2018 3:37 PM EST2018-12-15 20:37:35 GMT

    Around midnight Youngstown police were called to the old school on 2546 Hillman at Princeton about a report of two males breaking into the school.  According to police when they arrived on the scene they spotted a ladder that was propped up against the building that led to a broken window which was on the second floor of the school. Officers entered the building by climbing up the ladder and into the school after officers entered the building they heard two peopl...

    More >>

    Around midnight Youngstown police were called to the old school on 2546 Hillman at Princeton about a report of two males breaking into the school.  According to police when they arrived on the scene they spotted a ladder that was propped up against the building that led to a broken window which was on the second floor of the school. Officers entered the building by climbing up the ladder and into the school after officers entered the building they heard two peopl...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms